The Magic Item Compendium features the deathstrike bracers, a magical item which allows a character to critically hit or sneak attack many enemies that would otherwise be immune:
When activated, deathstrike bracers allow you to use melee weapons to deal extra damage from critical hits and sneak attacks to constructs, elementals, oozes, plants, and undead as if they were not immune to such extra damage.
On first reading, I noted the requirement to use melee weapons and assumed this meant the effect was no use to a character fighting at range. However on rereading I realise that though melee weapons are specified, it doesn't explicitly state the weapon must be used in a melee attack; many melee weapons can be thrown effectively but are still listed as melee weapons in the manuals.
If I have a character with deathstrike bracers, can they activate the item and get the benefit of the effect on ranged attacks with thrown melee weapons, such as daggers or throwing axes?